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New music degrees to broaden career opportunities for USD students

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved two new master’s degree options through the University of South Dakota’s Department of Music. Beginning fall, graduate students will be able to specialize in collaborative piano and instrumental/choral conducting. USD is the only school in South Dakota to offer these degrees.

According to Timothy P. Farrell, D.M.A., chair of USD’s Department of Music, the degrees will provide invaluable opportunities to interact with world-class musicians, which will prepare them for a wide range of career pathways.

“The choral conducting graduate degree will provide students with opportunities to collaborate with experienced conductors who will provide outstanding technical and repertoire advice, while using the podium time as a teaching laboratory,” said Farrell. “Further, our nationally-renowned USD piano faculty will train students with real-life chamber music opportunities, advancing their skills in piano accompanying and performing.”

The two new graduate degrees join the music department’s curriculum offerings that include specializations in music education, music history, performance and the history of musical instruments.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News